NTSPP – 329
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Gazza gives us another treat of a crossword with a pangram to boot.
1 Key worker‘s good in extremely touchy-feely way (6)
TYPIST – A two letter word meaning extremely good or holy inside the outer (extremely) letters of touchy-feely and the abbreviation for street (way).
4 Wrongful admission by an officer at the fête? (1,4,3)
A FAIR COP – Another way of saying a policemen at a fete.
9 Make a drama from Australian opener’s caught and bowled? (3,3)
ACT OUT – The first letter (opener) of Australian followed by the abbreviation for caught and what the batsman would be if bowled.
10 Sacred work, alternatively a notorious lack of all-round common sense … (8)
ORATORIO – A two letter word meaning alternatively followed by the A from the clue and the letters remaining in the word notorious if you remove the outer (lack of all-round) that make up a word meaning common sense.
12 … deploying extra dogs behind net (5-3)
AFTER TAX – An anagram (deploying) of EXTRA follows (dogs) a three letter word meaning behind.
13 Like Caesar I came to Carthage (uninhabited city) (6)
VENICE – The Latin (like Caesar) for I came (in Caesar’s words followed by vidi, vici – I came, I saw, I conquered) followed by the outer letters (uninhabited) of Carthage.
15 You, old? I’m surprised, ok! (4)
YEAH – An old English word for you followed by a two letter word meaning I’m surprised.
16 Suffer a bad stroke? Take a taxi across river … (5,1,4)
CATCH A CRAB – A phrase (5,1,3) meaning to take a taxi around (across) the abbreviation for river.
19 … where Meals on Wheels service is available (6,4)
DINING CARS – A cryptic definition of where you might eat on trains.
20 Bargain that constrains man’s growing family (4)
SNIP – Double definition, the second being a cryptic reference to a vasectomy.
23 Old king loves entertaining tots periodically in place of Santa (6)
GROTTO – The abbreviation for King George (old king) followed by two Os (loves – in the plural so two) into which you add (entertaining) the odd letters (periodically) of tots.
25 Cut and run, nicking unbundled leftovers (8)
ESCALOPE – Another word meaning run or flee includes (nicking) the abbreviations for left and overs. The unbundled is an indicator that leftovers has to be split before being resolved into its abbreviated forms.
27 In military style I provide crew for old trading vessel (8)
INDIAMAN – The word use for I in the NATO phonetic alphabet followed by a word meaning to crew.
28 Zanzibar getting shelled and bombed makes Japanese cry (6)
BANZAI – An anagram (bombed) of the inner letters (shelled) of zANZIBAr.
29 Sweetheart’s constant, trapped by honour in former dependency (4,4)
HONG KONG – A three letter word (short for honey) meaning sweetheart and a four letter word for a medal or honour includes a single letter for Boltzmann’s constant.
30 Lord’s officials may interpret this restricted ruling (3-3)
BYE LAW – A double definition, the first referring to a cricketing rule.
1 Charwoman Rosie could be off her trolley (7)
TEALADY – a thinly disguised cryptic definition.
2 Paddy’s aching to scoff Italian roll (5,4)
PETIT PAIN – A three letter word for a paddy or temper tantrum followed by a word meaning aching includes the abbreviation for Italian.
3 Little chap given money for treat’s beginning to fidget (6)
SQUIRM – A derogatory term for a little person has the final T (treat’s beginning) replaced by the abbreviation for money.
5 Bisexual’s range of interests in fashion (4)
FORM – Split 1,2,1 this would indicate the sexual preferences of someone who is bisexual.
6 Laboured breathing’s not right – that’s a certainty (2,3,3)
IN THE BAG – An anagram (laboured) of BREATHING without the R (not right).
7 Palace favourite gets stuck into cognac or gin (5)
CORGI – The answer is hidden (stuck into) COGNAC OR GIN.
8 Saw spin doctor going over part of speech (7)
PROVERB – The abbreviation for public relations officer (spin doctor) followed by a part of speech indication action.
11 Pack a gallery in WI place (7)
JAMAICA – A three letter word meaning pack or cram followed by the A from the clue and the abbreviation for the Institute of Contemporary Arts (gallery).
14 Performer is apparently to ‘rest’ more, needing change of direction (7)
ACTRESS – If this perform is to rest more they must perform on fewer occasions) (3,4). From this phrase, change the L to an R (needing change of direction).
17 Drummer starts to use zither, enchanting lovesick bird (4,5)
RING OUZEL – The name of the drummer in the Beatles followed by the initial letters (starts to) of Use Zither Enchanting Lovesick.
18 Actor Ken’s awfully lousy at multi-tasking (3-5)
ONE TRACK – An anagram (awfully) of ACTOR KEN.
19 What an idiot to wrap fresh figs in seafood! (7)
DOGFISH – A three letter word meaning what an idiot (think Homer Simpson) around (to wrap) an anagram (fresh) of FIGS.
21 Early opportunity to check out positive vetting (7)
PREVIEW – The abbreviation for positive followed by a word meaning vetting.
22 Father’s custody case absorbs Press Association office in Rome (6)
PAPACY – A two letter word meaning father and the outer letters (case) of custody includes (absorbs) the abbreviation for Press Association.
24 Former Eastender’s no spring chicken (5)
OLDEN – How a Cockney (Eastender) might say old hen (no spring chicken).
26 Heads off by car in what’s a long story (4)
YARN – Remove the first letters (heads off) from by car in.